Match between Russia, Poland marred by violence at Euro 2012


WARSAW, Poland — Alan Dzagoev scored his third goal of the European Championship and Jakub Blaszczykowski tied it in the second half as Russia and Poland drew 1-1 on Tuesday.


Dzagoev darted past defender Lukasz Piszczek in the 37th minute and sent a glancing header beyond goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton after a curling free kick from Andrei Arshavin.

But Poland was rewarded for its attacking intent in the 57th when Blaszczykowski cut in from the right and sent a searing left-foot drive into the far corner of the goal.

The result left Russia at the top of Group A with four points but also kept alive Poland’s chances.

The match was marred before kickoff by fighting between fans from both countries, leaving several people injured as thousands of Russian fans marched to celebrate the Russia Day national holiday.

Police said 10 people were
injured; seven Poles, two Russians and one German. Polish police also fired rubber bullets and tear gas at a
group of young Poles who attacked them with glass bottles.


In Wroclaw, Poland, the Czech Republic revived its European Championship hopes with two goals in the first six minutes as it sealed a win over Greece.

Petr Jiracek shot the ball past Greece goalkeeper Costas Chalkias in the third minute. Three minutes later, Vaclav Pilar scored his second goal of the tournament.

The result put the Czech Republic’s bid to qualify for the quarterfinals back on track.